Boys track: Hanover Central has hefty lead with two events to go as meet suspended
By Jeff Manes Post-Tribune correspondent May 9, 2013 11:16PM
Hanover Central's Sam Bokodi crosses the finish line in first place in the 110 meter hurdles during the Porter County Conference boys track meet held at Hebron High School on Thursday May 9, 2013. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 11, 2013 6:48AM
HEBRON — With 14 of the 16 events complete, Hanover coach Steve Foulds and his Wildcats boys track team look to have a mathematical lock on the Porter County Conference championship. Hanover has a score of 146 with Morgan Township (74) and Hebron (66) a distant second and third, respectively. Because of weather conditions, the high jump will get underway at 4:30 p.m. and the pole vault at 5 p.m. Friday.
“I’m pleased with the team’s effort today,” Foulds said. “We only have two seniors on the team, and one of them isn’t competing today.”
During the regular season, Hanover finished with a perfect 7-0 conference record, but as of next will no longer be in the Porter County Conference. The Wildcats went out with a bang taking first or second in nine of the 14 events.
Although it wasn’t enough, Morgan Township’s dynamic distance duo of senior Alec Kostelnik and freshman Ben Savage racked up 48 points between them for the Cherokees.
“I’m going to run for IUPUI and coach Chuck Koeppen,” Kostelnik said seconds after winning the 800-meter run with a time of 2:01.48. Earlier, Kostelnik anchored Morgan’s winning 4x800 relay team; his split was 1:59.
Finishing second to Kostelnik in the 800 was sophomore Mike York of Hanover.
“I PR’d in the open (800-meter run),” York said. “I also PR’d for a split time in the 4x800 with a 2:02; as a team that was 16 seconds faster than we’d ever ran the 4x800 (8:33).”
Wildcats hurdler Steven Bokodi had already won the 110-meter highs and appeared to have the 300-meter lows won, but tripped over the final hurdle, taking a nasty spill. He was down for about five minutes before being helped up.
South Central speedster and leaper Isaiah Thomas won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.52 and took first place in the long jump with a leap 20-09.75. Thomas had the fastest time in the 200-meter dash preliminaries, but was using the restroom when the gun was fired to start the finals.